While everyone has been animatedly supporting Anna Hazares fight againstcorruption, people seem to have forgotten who the people are who actuallyled to this situation.Corruption has become an unavoidable part of politics and every now andthen, one or the other politician re-affirms this fact.Here is list of the 10 most corrupt politicians of India.
Suresh Kalmadi, almost single handedly caused a loss of hundreds ofcrores of rupees to the country.The Commonwealth Games, organized by Kalmadi was no less than aloot with numerous reports of the magnum opus event being soaked incorruption making headlines way before the Games had even started.Apparently, out of Rs. 70000 crores spent on the Games, only halfof the amount was actually spent.Owing to his involvement in the scam, Kalmadi was charged withcorruption and sent to Tihar jail.
A scam worth Rs. 176,000 crore had former Union Cabinet Ministerfor Communications and Information Technology, Andimuthu Raja atthe centre.A. Raja as he is generally called, was the prime accused in the 2Gspectrum scam, which was the largest that the country had seen in along time.Following the shocking exposure, Raja was indicted and forced toresign.Presently, he is too has been lodged at the Tihar jail and is awaitinghis trial.
Mayawati has always been criticized for ostentatious display ofpower in her state.She has allegedly used her status as chief minister to amass largeamounts of personal wealth.She was charged with corruption when the Taj Heritage CorridorCase was uncovered.Mayawatis birthdays have always been media events, where sheusually appears decked in diamond jewellery and also accepts publicdonations for which, she often comes under fire.Her assets are worth millions of dollars and in the year 2007-08, shehad paid an income tax of Rs. 26 crores, which placed her amongstthe top 20 taxpayers of the year.
The fact that Lalu Prasad Yadav has been an accused in 63-odd casesserves for the fact that Lalu stands as one of the strongest competitorin the list.The biggest scam that rocked Lalus political career was the fodderscam which involved the embezzlement of Rs. 950 croreapproximately.The accusation of nepotism against him has come up again and againbut hardly any action has been taken against him owing to hisconnections in the government.
Former Jharkand Chief Minister, and only the third independentlegislator to assume the office of chief minister in India, Madhu Kodawas responsible for a scam worth over Rs. 4000 crore.The man exploited the states natural resources by licensing illegalmining leases and stashing away the wealth amassed during theundertaking.Furthermore, the Maoists received a 30% share of the booty.Koda was arrested on charges of money laundering and is still inprison following the rejection of numerous bail applications.
Mulayam Singh Yadav is also known as one of the most corruptministers in the country despite not being directly involved in anymajor scams.Apart from his name being involved in appointments of taintedofficers and mishandling of his power as chief minister, Mulayam Singhhad one major allegation levelled against him– accumulation ofdisproportionate assets.The case drew limelight on his sons and daughter-in-law as they toowere holders of the assests that amounted to crores of rupees.
The corruptions charges against M. Karunanidhi are so many that heis often referred to as the king or emperor of corruption.He was accused of lending support to the LTTE and was indicted forabetting the LTTE in the interim report which oversaw the investigationinto Rajiv Gandhis assassination. Karunanidhi reportedly institutionalized corruption in the South.He was a leading player in the cash for votes scams that arecommon in the southern region, as well as notorious foe extremenepotism shown under his rule.Not so surprising, is the fact that the main accused in the 2G scam, A.Raja, considers him to be his mentor.
Very few people can miss the cosy relationship that Sharad Pawarshares with power and money.Every now and then, Pawar draws flak for alleged investments madeby him and his family in various illegal projects.He was named by Abdul Karim Telgi, during a narcoanalysis test,stating that it was Pawars brainchild to print fake stamp papersacross the country and mint money.He was also accused in a multi-crore scam involving wheat importsand institutions headed by him and his close associates were servednotices by the Bombay High Court for showing favoritism to his family.
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has a staggering 46 corruptioncases against her.Amongst the various scams were the Rs. 70 million coal import scam,Tansi land deal case, case of disproportionate assets and colour TVcase, amongst many others.A raid in her residence and business establishments led to theseizure of some 28 kg of jewellery (worth Rs 51 crore), 91 wrist-watches, 41 air-conditioners, 10,500 sarees, 750 pairs of footwears,etc.She along with her former cabinet colleagues and senior bureaucratswho worked with her are still facing investigation with regard tocorruption.
The most recent politician to be caught in the web of corruption isformer Chief Minister of Karnataka, B. S. Yeddyurappa.While he has a number of corruption lying against him, the one thattoppled his career was his alleged involvement in the illegal iron oreexport scam in districts of Karnataka.A lot of blame game followed and ended up with Yeddyurappa losinghis ministerial post last month.Despite his denial, his image as one of the most corrupt politicians ofthe country will not fade anytime soon.